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Computer science is one of the most valuable college majors. The skills acquired by graduates of top computer-science programs attract desirable employers such as Apple, Intel, and Google.

We recently released our list of the 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America. We surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find the best schools, and cross-referenced the results with the average SAT scores of the students at each school from College Board.

Because computer science is such a hot area of study right now, we pulled the top computer science and computer engineering schools from our list by ranking the schools by percentage of students who major in computer science, according to College Board. Read on to discover the most popular schools for computer science in the US.

15. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Massachusetts) Facebook/wpi.edu

Students majoring in computer science: 5%

WPI is one of the first engineering and technology universities in the country, where the computer science department places equal emphasis on theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to participate in large projects that impact their local communities, or to travel to WPI project centers around the world.



14. Penn State (State College, Pennsylvania) Penn State College of Engineering/ Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 5%

Every engineering and computer-science student at Penn State completes at least one internship, and 45.2% of those who do receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship placements. Penn State is ranked fifth in the nation for computer science by The Thomson Corporation.



13. University of California at San Diego (San Diego, California) UCSD CSE Department Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 5%

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego ranks 14th in the US and 18th in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Rankings of World Universities. The computer science and engineering department offers a variety of programs including computer architecture, security and cryptography, and databases, along with a number of interdisciplinary initiatives like contextual robotics, and makerspace and design.



12. Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) Purdue Computer Science Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 5%

Purdue University's computer science department was the first in the United States, established in 1962. Still one of the most popular in the nation, it is expecting an expansion of nearly 30% in the coming years. Purdue offers an assortment of undergraduate programs, including a minor, a traditional major, and a five-year BS/MS degree. The computer science department also offers the Bridge Program, which is for students who have interest in computer science, but little to no experience in the discipline. 



11. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Students majoring in computer science: 5%

Undergraduate students from Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have gone on to work at elite companies including Pixar, Google, and Citigroup. Harvard's host of internship partners also includes exclusive placements at companies like Facebook, Intel, and NASA.



10. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) Cornell University/Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 6%

Students in either the College of Arts and Science of the College of Engineering at Cornell may major in computer science, and students from each of the university's seven undergraduate colleges has the opportunity to minor in the discipline. The average salary for Cornell's computer science graduates in 2015 is $98,847; they have gone on to work at Facebook, Google, Goldman Sachs, and more.



9. Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Georgia) College of Computing at Georgia Tech Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 8%

Eighteen degree programs are offered within Georgia Tech's College of Computing, including its artificial intelligence program, which is ranked sixth in the country; and programming languages, which is ranked 13th, by US News & World Report.



8. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 10%

Not only are RPI graduates prepared to handle professional computer engineering positions, they're ready to prove it. Last year, 58% of students graduated with a full-time job offer, and another 18% had plans to attend graduate school. Top employers for the class of 2014 include Schlumberger, Deloitte, Boeing, and General Electric.



7. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Carnegie Mellon University/Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 12%

Graduates can expect competitive compensation with a degree from Carnegie Mellon. For the class of 2013, the median starting salaries were $90,000 for computer engineers. Partnerships with major companies like IBM, Google, and General Motors also allow students to gain hands-on experience in their fields.



6. Stanford University (Stanford, California) Reuters

Students majoring in computer science: 12%

Stanford students take can advantage of opportunities to study and work abroad through the school's Global Engineering Programs, which provides students with internships in China, Uganda, Japan, Brazil, and more. US News ranks Stanford as the No. 2 engineering school in the country, with its computer science program taking the No. 2 spot in its respective field as well.



5. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York) Wikipedia

Students majoring in computer science: 17%

Last year, RIT computer science and engineering students generated more than $30 million in earnings through employment placements. During their degrees, students participate in at least one year of full-time, paid experiential cooperative education experience with more than 500 companies, including Apple, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Welch Allyn.



4. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California) YouTube/caltech

Students majoring in computer science: 18%

At Caltech, students take a practical approach to learning to "expand human knowledge and benefit society." Caltech's engineering department, which includes the school's computer science program, is also pretty diverse — over a third of students are women. The average starting salary for 2013 Caltech grads was $82,000.



3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts) Facebook/MITSchoolofEngineering

Students majoring in computer science: 22%

MIT boasts a top-ranked computer- and information-sciences program, according to US News. Upon graduation, 32% of students head to graduate school while another 57% enter the workforce. Students are courted by nearly 250 companies; top employers for MIT grads include Google, Amazon, ExxonMobil, and Goldman Sachs.



2. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California) Flickr / CampusGrotto

Students majoring in computer science: 26%

Despite the relative youth of Harvey Mudd's computer science program (its first graduates collected their diplomas in 1992), it's quite a popular one. Here, students can major not only in traditional computer science, but also mathematical and computational biology, or double-major in mathematics and computer science. Students participate in the Clinic Program, which allows them to participate in an extended software-design project.



1. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, Washington) DigiPen Institute of Technology/Facebook

Students majoring in computer science: 63%

With degree programs ranging from game design to digital art and animation, DigiPen turns students into experts on all things computers and programming. DigiPen's Redmond, Washington, location also puts the school close to several top gaming and technology companies, including Nintendo Software Technology, Microsoft, Valve, and Boeing.



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